Survey of recent medical graduates' knowledge and understanding of the treatment and prevention of infection.

With the increasing interest in infection and antibiotic resistance amongst the general public, we undertook to assess the knowledge, and understanding of the treatment and prevention of common infections in medical graduates, about to commence their intern or pre-registration year. A multiple choice-type questionnaire, which included 19 questions, was circulated to 199 recent graduates of three Irish medical schools and 108 (54.3%) were returned. Approximately 60% of the questions were answered correctly. However, questions on the use of antibiotics were poorly answered compared with other questions. With changes in the curricula of many medical schools, there is a need for better education on infection and the use of antibiotics as well as more sophisticated and validated methods of assessment.